Real Estate – Expressions of Interest Call Out

Long Term Socially Engaged Artist Residency We are looking to hear from artists who work in a socially responsive way that may be interested in relocating to Blackpool/ Fleetwood for

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Long Term Socially Engaged Artist Residency

We are looking to hear from artists who work in a socially responsive way that may be interested in relocating to Blackpool/ Fleetwood for a long term live/work artist residency on a local housing estate.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from artists who would like to be on a mailing list when we release a full brief early next year. We are particularly interested to hear from artists who engage with people and place at the core of their practice. There will be specific themes that arise when the full artists brief is released next year, but we see the artists as taking on part of the identity of the estate wardens that used to live on social housing estates. We want the artists not just to work with community but be part of the community.

We are currently planning the first two residencies (there is potential for this to rise to four dependent on funding outcomes), in two different areas which have similar but distinct identities.

One artist residency will be located in Haweside, a social housing estate in Blackpool managed by Blackpool Costal Housing, a town with a unique identity known for its transient communities. Located not far from the lights and thrills of the Golden Mile, this estate shows a different side of Blackpool, where real people and their families make their homes. Not an easy place to make inroads, there are very few community assets such as libraries or children’s centres, however once you get to know the people there is a wealth of stories, hopes and ideas to work with.

One artist residency will be located in Flakefleet, a social housing estate in Fleetwood managed by Regenda. Fleetwood is 9 miles down the coast from Blackpool, a town with a strong heritage within the fishing industry that has seen a decline in recent years. The Flakefleet estate has more community assets than Haweside such as a school and a parade of shops. Again it’s an area with a rich history and families with a long connection to place.

Over the past two months we have been piloting programmes of work on the two estates through hands on making and sharing sessions that have been popping up in unusual spaces. Through this process we have been meeting people in the communities, talking about what’s important on their estate and generally getting a feel for the personalities of the locations. Through this process we are establishing welcome committees for the artists in residence to help them settle in.

Key points to consider:

  • The chosen artists will be required to relocate to Blackpool/ Fleetwood for the year of the residency
  • We are open to interest from family groups or artists that work in collaboration
  • Artists will be offered accommodation, artist fee and production budget
  • Artists will be commissioned by LeftCoast but will need to work in partnership with our partner organisations

To express your interest and be added to a mailing list for the full brief, please send:

  1. Your email address and contact details
  2. A short paragraph as to why you are interested – with links to relevant past work
  3. A link to your website

Contact: Laura Jamieson, Creative Engagement Manager – laura.jamieson@leftcoast.org.uk

 

 

 

Film Commission Opportunity

Left Coast is looking to commission a film maker to make a series of short films both documenting and in one case creating the final outcome of 3 locally based

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Left Coast is looking to commission a film maker to make a series of short films both documenting and in one case creating the final outcome of 3 locally based artist projects we have commissioned on the theme of loneliness.

Background & Brief

LeftCoast have commissioned 3 locally based artists to create new artworks on the theme of loneliness.

The artists selected are all taking very different approaches to that theme and therefore will all require a different documentation approach to capture the outcomes of their work.

  1. Skool of Street will make a dance piece that follows the journey of a single lonely girl living in Blackpool as she traverses the town and expresses her loneliness through dance – in particular the dance style of Krump, exploring the contrasting images of the busy seaside resort bustling with so many people and the place we know where it is so easy to feel isolated and alone in a crowd.
  2. Buzz Bury, will work with a group of volunteers who have travelled from all over the world to work at the Streetlife charity which works with young homeless people in the Town. Buzz will explore ideas around the loneliness of arrival in a new place where people and language is unfamiliar. The project will involve workshop activities with participant volunteers and a final outcome of a temporary beach installation of written phrases and words collected from the participants and washed away by the tide.
  3. Tina Dempsey will explore words of hope and affirmation, working with communities and groups affected by loneliness to write postcards to other people suffering the same, and passing on thoughts about ways to feel better and connect, phrases to build hope and feel less alone. These postcards will be exhibited at locations throughout the town and in window based vinyl art works.

Our vision is to work with 1 film maker or film company to capture all 3 projects and create 3 distinctive short films that still hang together as a collection and can be viewed together or separately.

In particular the Skool of Street project was envisaged as a dance film, so the filmic element is particularly important in the final realisation/outcome of the work. Buzz’s piece also had a film element in the capturing of the final beach installation, documenting its creation and ultimate destruction by the sea, which he hoped to realise using a drone camera.

We want add a professional support strand as part of our LeftCoast Studio scheme, by connecting the commissioned film maker with a less experienced person, looking to gain professional experience in this area. This will provide some additional hands on support to the delivery of the project, but would require a degree of mentoring and support from our commissioned practitioner.

We are keen to work with a locally based film maker, who can respond to each of these 3 projects and offer some professional development support as outlined.

Timelines

Timelines for delivery of this project will begin in winter 2017 and continue until summer 2018.

The final films should be available by end June 2018.

Applications

Please send us an expression of interest that includes:

  • What interests you about this commission & why you feel you are the right person/organisation for the commission? (500 words)
  • Your CV
  • Links to your film show reel – with suggestions of previous projects that you think are relevant to this commission.
  • Cost breakdown – see below.
  • to jenny.rutter@leftcoast.org.uk

Timeframe

  • Closing date for applications is Weds 25th October at 5pm
  • Interviews are to be held in November

Budget

There as a budget of up to £1500 for this film commission. This needs to include all costs, fees, materials and travel.

Please provide a breakdown of your costs and how you would utilise the available budget as part of your application.

Contact

Any further questions can be sent to LeftCoast Creative Development Manager, Jenny Rutter jenny.rutter@leftcoast.org.uk  tel: 01253 477973.

Larkholme Grasslands – Student Engagement Workshops Opportunity

Wyre Borough Council Arts Service are looking for a poetry/creative writing artist and creative artist to carry out workshops with the students of Larkholme Primary.  Their vision is to create a new ‘mythic

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Wyre Borough Council Arts Service are looking for a poetry/creative writing artist and creative artist to carry out workshops with the students of Larkholme Primary. 

Their vision is to create a new ‘mythic coast’ narrative for Larkholme Grasslands. For more information on the Mythic Coast Artwork Trail please click HERE.

Artist Stephen Broadbent together with a local author or poet and the ranger service will undertake workshops with local students to create a poem or story which can then be translated into the environment of the park. Text will then be carved inlayed or coated into seats, bridges, walls, wind shelters etc. The narrative will help tie the project into the Mythic Coast, allowing a new story to be heard for this unique place.

Stephen is intrigued by the simple notion that if you ‘build a habitat they will come’ – can this green space become a good home to a diverse and interdependent range of marine species? Can the complexity be created? Is it as simple as building houses or are we in fact more than simply our homes?

The challenge to the community is to think about how we can build and maintain a safe place not just for our homes but the wider maritime eco-system.

This new public space is going to be a valuable asset to the local community and it is key that the younger population can become engaged with both the importance of this space, as a recreation facility and also as a place of ecological significance.

It will take many years for Larkholme Grasslands to become the rich environment we all envisage, so during this time of growth it is important to start marking these important stages of environmental development and keep re-telling it’s ‘story’.

This opportunity will entail working together with the students at Larkholme Primary School, Wyre Countryside Rangers and Arts team, other local artists, poets and film-makers. A diverse engagement process is to be developed to embed the narrative within the community through workshops held at the school.

It is hoped that the immediate workshops with the students can produce work that can be integrated into the fabric of the landscape – a narrative text can be carved or inlayed into seats, bridges & wind-shelters.   The narrative will help tie the project into the Mythic Coast, allowing a new story to be heard for this unique place.

Students can also help to determine those special species which are to be depicted within the imagery on the large entrance ‘grasses’, or carved into the various timber structures.

It’s important for the young people to have a sense of ownership of this new space and integrating their work within the hard landscaping can go a long way to start this process.

Possible First Year Events

Poetry / narrative sessions

Documenting the creation of the environment

Understanding the plant and wildlife through research, drawings, talks etc

Species count

Time Frame

Narrative – November 2017

Species for integrated artworks November 2017

Fee
1 day workshop at £250 per artist
Materials will be provided

If you are interested in this opportunity please submit a short proposal with examples of your illustrative work or creative writing by Wednesday 20th September 2017 to rebecca.thornton@wyre.gov.uk

Art B&B Associate Artist scheme

We are looking for locally based artists to be part of the new Art B&B Associate Artist programme, who want to develop their professional arts practice/careers, by developing work within

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We are looking for locally based artists to be part of the new Art B&B Associate Artist programme, who want to develop their professional arts practice/careers, by developing work within the context of our ground breaking and exciting Art B&B.

The first phase of associate artist placements will take place during the renovation and opening phase of the project. So it’s a great opportunity for artists who want to get involved at the early stages of our development and create work that can help inform and shape the programme as it emerges.

Becoming an Art B&B Associate artist does not mean that we expect all of your practice to focus on the Art B&B project all of the time. Rather that you work alongside us and are able to integrate & build on your existing practice through the opportunities provided.

The Art B&B Associate Artist scheme aims to:

  • Connect more people with Arts & Culture
  • Explore alternative spaces for art to exist
  • Develop the artistic talent on our doorstep
  • Promote artist profiles within a critically engaged national context
  • Reward ambitious, risk taking practice and approaches to making art

Successful applicants will benefit from 18 months of benefits including:

  • Mentoring & 1 to 1 guidance and support from the LeftCoast and Art B&B team
  • Peer Group development sessions
  • Connections to and opportunities to work alongside established Art B&B commissioned artists
  • Access to a collaborative workspace and initial exhibition opportunities at our partner venue Abingdon Studios
  • A £1000 Express Professional Development grant that can be spent on a personalised programme of courses, conferences, travel to exhibitions and events, and meeting the people who can really help you develop your ideas and practice.
  • Up to £2000 towards match funding to allow you to bid for an Arts Council G4A grant to realise some of your project ideas.
  • Space to exhibit the outcomes of your activity within the Art B&B ongoing programme of activity, once the building is open.

This is an interdisciplinary opportunity, and artists working across all disciplines are encouraged to apply. We want to see evidence of a pro-active working practice, recent exhibitions, projects, performances and work in development etc.

If you are an artist who is actively working in their field of practice, and can demonstrate a desire to make artistic practice their full time occupation. Please see our guidelines –  A B&B Associate Artist Scheme Guidelines

LeftCoast Studio – Assistant Curator Opportunity

LeftCoast Studio – Assistant Curator Opportunity Seaside Towns out of Season Exhibition Artist: Jill Reidy Time: 5 days LeftCoast are working with local Photographer and Artist Jill Reidy, to create

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LeftCoast Studio – Assistant Curator Opportunity Seaside Towns out of Season Exhibition

Artist: Jill Reidy

Time: 5 days

LeftCoast are working with local Photographer and Artist Jill Reidy, to create an opportunity for an aspiring Curator, to support her in the selection & presentation of works for her forthcoming exhibition, Seaside Towns out of Season at Abingdon Studios in late September 2017.

LeftCoast Studio offers professional practice development opportunities at three levels – Associate, Assistant and Placement – this is an assistant level role and as such is not paid but the person selected will have all travel and subsistence expenses covered for their time working with us.  For more information about the LeftCoast Studio scheme please visit Studio

This Assistant Curator role is expected to involve approximately five days work and will involve:

  • Supporting Jill to curate a suitable selection of works from her recent photography road trip around seaside towns throughout England.
  • Helping to design the exhibition format and presentation of works.
  • Assisting with the hanging of works for the exhibition.
  • Attending & helping at the private view opening event

This is an opportunity to gain experience assisting a local artist who is developing an exciting new exhibition and presenting work funded through a highly successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

We need a person with a pro-active attitude who is happy to be flexible in their approach to supporting the project. This is an ideal opportunity for a recent graduate or current student at HE undergraduate or post graduate level who is interested in gaining experience and a better understanding of what a curatorial role in the arts involves. Jill is excited to work with someone who can bring their creative ideas and enthusiasm to help her edit 2000 images down to the 20 that really tell the story of her adventure and explore the inherent split personality of seaside towns.

How to Apply:

To apply for this opportunity please email jenny.rutter@leftcoast.org.uk with the answers to the following questions (no more than 400 words in total) by Sunday 13th August at 5pm.

  1. What interests you about this opportunity?
  2. What do you feel you could bring to this project?
  3. What would you hope to gain from this experience?

Please also tell us…

  1. a) Your name
  2. b) Your contact email & telephone
  3. c) Your address & Postcode.

 

More about Jill Reidy & Seaside Towns out of Season:

A Solo Photographic Road Trip had been on my bucket list for a long time.

Originally a Londoner, I’ve lived in Blackpool for the past forty years, and loved (nearly) every minute of it. As a photographer, this town is a dream. I turned sixty five this year and the time had come to step out of my comfort zone and drive off into the wilderness (well, first stop Whitley Bay…) in my little Smart Car, armed only with a SatNav, a bag of cameras, the odd change of clothes and enough energy, grit, determination and petrol to visit seven or eight seaside towns in just over a week.

I was interested in what makes these towns tick out of season.  I love to find the unusual, the quirky side of places I visit, and this is what I was looking for along the way.  As I travelled around I realised there were two sides to every town:  the rundown/quirky; and the beautiful seascapes and sunsets.   I’ve tried to include both sides in the final project.  I’ve held several exhibitions over the last few years, but never one that depicted so many destinations.  My stops were:  Whitley Bay, Whitby, Scarborough, Great Yarmouth, Southend, Margate, Brighton.  I also visited Exeter and Exmouth on a separate trip, with the aim of shooting images along the same theme.  And, of course, no project about seaside towns would be complete without including Blackpool and Fleetwood.

I’m a writer/storyteller as well as a photographer and I loved hearing personal stories about the towns. I’ve already collated many of the images and produced a 100 page photo book.  Now I’m working towards an exhibition in Blackpool in late September.

It would be great to have some help with curating the exhibition. I’m notoriously bad at making decisions, so choosing 20 images out of about 2000 is my idea of a nightmare.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED LeftCoast Studio – Assistant Producer Opportunity

King Edward Avenue Co-commission Artist: Dan Fox Time: 6 days Expenses: an allowance of £50 per day LeftCoast have created an Assistant Producer role as part of LeftCoast Studio. To

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King Edward Avenue Co-commission

Artist: Dan Fox

Time: 6 days

Expenses: an allowance of £50 per day

LeftCoast have created an Assistant Producer role as part of LeftCoast Studio. To fill this role, we are looking for a person to develop their skills by assisting lead artist Dan Fox , LeftCoast and King Edward Residents group to realise their vision for a new interactive light commission in October 2017.

As part of LeftCoast Studio we offer professional practice development opportunities at 3 levels Associate, Assistant and Placement – this is an assistant level role and as such is not paid but the person selected will have all travel and subsistence expenses covered for their time working with us. For more information about the LeftCoast Studio scheme please visit HERE.

This is an opportunity to gain experience assisting innovative artists who are creating a new site specific work, bespoke to the North Shore area of Blackpool.

The role will include supporting the artists and project partners as they develop, create and stage the new work which will be presented at a one day event in October. You will be needed for a total of 6 days during the summer and autumn leading up to & including the event.

The new work includes elements of light, projection, outdoor art and heritage, so if these are areas you are interested in, this might be the opportunity for you.

We need a person with a pro active attitude who is happy to be flexible in their approach to supporting the project. It would particularly suit someone who is interested in co-commissioning models, or creating work with communities. This is an ideal opportunity a recent graduate or current student at FE or HE level, or someone who has good organizational skills and is interested in trying out a creative career and wants to gain some exciting on the job experience. The opportunity might include jobs such as:

  • Checking locations
  • Liaising with community group
  • Practical support such as helping install
  • Researching local queries
  • Supporting the artists when they are on site

How to Apply:

To apply for this opportunity please email jenny.rutter@leftcoast.org.uk with the answers to the following questions (no more than 400 words in total) by Monday 26th June at 12pm:

  1. What interests you about this opportunity?
  2. What do you feel you could bring to this project?
  3. What would you hope to gain from this experience?

Please also tell us…

a) Your name

b) Your contact email & telephone

c) Your address & Postcode

Artist Commission – Mereside (Blackpool)/ New West Division Police Headquarters

A new opportunity has arisen for an artist commission to develop a new piece of work, in partnership with the communities of Mereside, Blackpool for the new police headquarters.  LeftCoast

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A new opportunity has arisen for an artist commission to develop a new piece of work, in partnership with the communities of Mereside, Blackpool for the new police headquarters.

 LeftCoast have been working with the communities of Mereside for the past 12 months through Mereside at Play, a project to creatively explore the green spaces of the estate. This project will come to fruition in autumn 2017 through the redevelopment of one of Mereside large green spaces into a playful space designed with the under 4’s in mind. Through this consultation we have developed a partnership with the police and the new police station being built opposite the estate.

 The build of the new police station is a great opportunity for the police to work closely with the community that they will soon be part of. The developers have offered schemes such as skills open days on the site, and the police have identified the option to install a new art work, created with the surrounding community within their main entrance.

This is an exciting opportunity to create something innovative and unique that will become part of the fabric of the police station and the place, bridging the gap between community and police. 

Please see the full Mereside Artist Brief for more information.

Timeframe

  • Closing date for proposals Mon 29 May at 5pm
  • Interviews are to be held in early July
  • Work to commence mid July

 

Call for Artists and Performers: SpareParts: On the Move

SpareParts is the UK’s only Free Festival of Art, Performance and Spectacle dedicated to transport, travel and motion. For the 4th edition of SpareParts in 2017 we have partnered with Sandbach

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SpareParts is the UK’s only Free Festival of Art, Performance and Spectacle dedicated to transport, travel and motion.

For the 4th edition of SpareParts in 2017 we have partnered with Sandbach Festival of Transport, Cheshire East Council, trAction Festival Crewe, Crewe Town Council and Wyre Council to present SpareParts: On The Move, a touring festival to be featured at three transport festivals.

  • Sandbach Festival of Transport 22nd/23rd April (performance day 23rd)
  • trAction Festival Crewe 8th / 9th July (performance day 8th)
  • Tram Sunday Fleetwood 16th July

Have a look at what happened in 2016 here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l03vUQnFXMA&t=1s

THEME: All SpareParts contributors must be art, performance and spectacle that is on, about or utilises transport and travel in creative ways.

This year we will particularly welcome work that can encompass our ‘Future Journeys’ theme.

What we are looking for:

  1. The Great Spare Parts Arts Parade – Artists designed vehicles, bicycles, mobile installations that can take art in the Great Spare Parts Art Parade (existing or new commissions)
  2. Spare Parts Village – Static installations and performances in, on and around vehicles that can form part of the Spare Parts ‘Junk Yard’ Village.
  3. Spare Partists – Strolling or mobile performers, especially with a transport or travel theme, to perform throughout the day and take part in the Parade
  4. Spare Participation –Freelance artists, organisations or participatory arts companies who can help communities develop their own content (vehicles and moving installations) for the festival (especially but not exclusively to create a community designed mobile scooter display team).

See  HERE for full Brief

DEADLINE FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Thursday 9th March at 5pm

By email: sp.festproduction@gmail.com – Please put ‘SpareParts 2017 – Expression of Interest’ as subject header

By post: LeftCoast, FYCreatives , 154-158 Church St, Blackpool FY1 3PS

T: 01253 477973

 

Artist Commission – A B&B External Facade

A B&B are looking for proposals from artists or collectives to design and implement work for the external facades of the property. This new façade will be a key recognisable feature

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A B&B are looking for proposals from artists or collectives to design and implement work for the external facades of the property. This new façade will be a key recognisable feature for all guests looking for A B&B.

  • Deadline for submission of proposals – 7pm on Thursday 23 February
  • Shortlisting to take place w/c 13 March following discussions with the Planning Authority

We want an inspiring and engaging façade and we are not being overly prescriptive about what form we see this commission taking. We are interested in receiving proposals across all mediums, from installation and visual art to architecture, design, light and sound.

For more info and the full brief please visit –  https://abandb.wpengine.com/opportunities-for-artists/

A B&B Programme Manager

A B&B have a unique opportunity for an innovative and experienced Programme Manager to lead on establishing and developing A B&B. This is an opportunity to play a leading role in

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A B&B have a unique opportunity for an innovative and experienced Programme Manager to lead on establishing and developing A B&B. This is an opportunity to play a leading role in developing a highly unusual commercial business which will in turn support and host a community hub, cafe and public programme of activities and training. CLOSING DATE 6 MARCH 2017

 

For more information please visit A B&B at https://abandb.wpengine.com/latest-news/

Introducing LeftCoast Studio….

LeftCoast Studio is our new artist development programme, which will create connections between local creative talent and LeftCoast’s commissioned arts organisations, production teams and all the creative professionals that will

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LeftCoast Studio is our new artist development programme, which will create connections between local creative talent and LeftCoast’s commissioned arts organisations, production teams and all the creative professionals that will be delivering our major, ambitious projects over the coming years.

LeftCoast Studio will offer shadowing, mentoring and practical work experience opportunities across our entire programme, to make sure that up and coming locally based creative people are given the chance to learn and develop their skills alongside world renowned artists and creative practitioners. We want to open up the world of exciting opportunities working within the Creative Industries both in Blackpool, Wyre, the Fylde Coast and further afield.

We’re interested in hearing from creative students, recent graduates, people in the early stages of their creative careers, or anyone just thinking about developing a creative career who would be keen to take on work experience opportunities and voluntary activities. Also from developing artists & creative practitioners who are keen to expand their skills & knowledge to build their cv’s and portfolios within small scale paid opportunities.

Some examples of the types of opportunity we will create include:

  • Working alongside artists on commissioned projects
  • Working alongside producers, curators and project managers
  • Performance & Choreography
  • PR, Marketing & Social Media
  • Documentation, Photography & filmography
  • Front of House, hospitality and audience management
  • Volunteer Co-ordination
  • Technical production management, staging / rigging, lighting etc
  • Costume, Hair, Make Up – design & make
  • Set design & build

We will have opportunities across 3 levels of experience:

  • Placements – for people who want a first taste of working on a creative project, short term and focused placements, which will give you a practical insight into working in the creative sector.
  • Assistants – for people who want to test out which areas of creative work they’d be good at, and really learn on the job the skills needed to make it in the creative world. A mixture of short and longer term placements, that give you specialist mentoring from industry experts and get you directly involved in the making and delivering one of our projects.
  • Associates – for people who are already fairly clear about their career path and have some experience of delivering and making work happen. These will be specific job roles and will be paid, but will still offer the chance to learn on the job and provide you with specialist industry mentoring whilst you’re playing an important role in making our project happen!

If you’re interested in being considered for a LeftCoast Studio opportunity, please click HERE and tell us a bit about yourself & attach a CV if you have one.

Don’t worry if you don’t hear from us straight away, lots of exciting projects are coming up, so we’ll be in touch as soon as we have a suitable opportunity to let you know how to apply, or to invite you in for a brief conversational interview.

 

Join our Team

LeftCoast is an exciting and ambitious Arts Council England Creative People & Places programme to develop arts engagement across Blackpool and Wyre. The programme is part of a major national

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LeftCoast is an exciting and ambitious Arts Council England Creative People & Places programme to develop arts engagement across Blackpool and Wyre. The programme is part of a major national initiative by Arts Council England to engage people in the arts that don’t currently do so.

We’ve got an ambitious and exciting few years coming up and we are looking  for an experienced Communications and Audience Development Manager to lead LeftCoast’s communications.

Based in Blackpool, this role carries responsibility for communications, marketing and audience development activity.

LeftCoast’s programme is managed by a consortium comprising of Blackpool Council Cultural Services, Wyre Council, Merlin (The Tower), Blackpool Grand Theatre, Jobs Friends and Houses and Blackpool Coastal Housing the latter being the lead consortium partner and host organisaton.

Please see our Job Pack for full details.

If you would like an informal chat about the role or want to find out more please contact: Maggie Saxon, Interim Director, LeftCoast:  maggie.saxon@leftcoast.org.uk

For an application form please click HERE

Closing date: noon on Friday 2nd September 2016

Interview date: Wednesday 7th September 2016

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